This course is an overview of the processes of social, economic, and cultural change in Latin America. While focusing on the present, we will discuss the impacts of the colonial encounter and the social, cultural, and economic relations established during the colonial era. We pay particular attention to the construction of racial difference, class formation, agrarian structures, ethnic identity, gender patterns, political conflict, and national and regional economic policy. The course examines the impacts of the processes of nation-building, development, urbanization, migration, transnationalism and political conflict in Latin America with a focus on the emergence of Latin American social movements during the second half of the twentieth century. The course will focus on case studies drawn from Mexico, Central and South America.
Requisite: ANTH 112. Not open to first-year students. Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Visiting Professor Araujo.